The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 16, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 164

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“My Government is flexible, but they cant even make a clear decision,” President tells Solheim
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 16, 2004, 10.13 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said that it was ‘very unsatisfactory’ to note the LTTE’s current indecision over the recommencement of peace talks. During a meeting with Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim at the President’s house, Ms. Kumaratunga reiterated once again her Government’s commitment to the peace process and the Ceasefire Agreement.

“The Sri Lankan Government as been very flexible, but the LTTE is still unable to take a clear decision,” Ms. Kumaratunga reportedly told the Special Envoy. The President also reviewed the recent developments in the Peace Process expressing her deep concern over the LTTE’s violations of the Ceasefire Agreement and the delay in the resumption of negotiations between the Government and the LTTE.

President Kumaratunga expressed her appreciation to the Royal Norwegian Government and its representatives over their role in the Sri Lanka Peace Process, despite the difficulties created by a handful of people opposed to the resumption of talks.

However, in Kilinochchi today, LTTE political Wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan told Solheim that his Organisation is ready to even start peace talks immediately, if the Sri Lankan Government agrees to base talks on the Interim Self Governing Authority.
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Sri Lankan peace talks unlikely to resume soon: envoy
people.com.cn, UPDATED: 19:54, September 16, 2004. Visiting Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim Thursday voiced pessimism over a quick resumption of the stalled peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels. Solheim, who arrived here on Monday in his fresh efforts to revive the stalled peace talks, met with S.P. Thamilselvan, political wing leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the rebel-held northern town of Kilinochchi on Thursday. More...
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Police assault students in Chavakachcheri
K.S. Rajkumar reporting from Jaffna, September 17. Tamil students attending an educational institution in Mirusuvil in the Chavakachcheri area are reported to have been assaulted by policemen, according to a complaint filed with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. More than fifteen policemen from the Kodikamam police station are alleged to have participated on this assault on both male and female students. The institute is run by the Department of Education for students who failed to attend schools due to the war in the region. Police action has raised concern among residents and parents. "At the time when these youths are trying to get back to normal life, the indiscriminate attack by the police would only drive the youth to seek violent means", said a worried parent.
Published: Thu Sep 16 14:02:03 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Mystery as Sri Lanka's 'handball team' vanishes
New Zeland Herald, september 17. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of its "national handball team" while on tour in Germany, but it is no easy task - the island does not have one... Back to the top

Norwegian envoy wraps up talks with Tamil rebels, no breakthrough in stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Thu September 16, 2004 05:16 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace envoy and Tamil Tiger rebels met Thursday to discuss Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process but failed to reach any breakthrough, sources close to the guerrillas said... Back to the top

Lanka talks fail despite climbdown by Tamil Tigers
indianexpress.com, Friday, September 17, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPTEMBER 16: Norwegian peace brokers today failed in their latest bid to end the deadlock in Sri Lanka’s stalled peace process despite an apparent climbdown by Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

LTTE continues to hoists Eelam flags despite it being a Ceasefire violation
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 16, 2004, 9.09 p.m.. The army have once again lodged several complaints with the Ceasefire monitors over the LTTE’s continuous forms of violating the ceasefire Agreement... Back to the top

Lanka against move to dredge Palk Straits
indianexpress.com, Friday, September 17, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPTEMBER 16: Sri Lanka today expressed concern over the Indian proposal to dredge the Palk Straits for the Sethusamudram project and appointed a high-level committee to study the implications of the venture... Back to the top

Who are the ``handballers'' from Sri Lanka ?
Associated Press, Wed September 15, 2004 12:49 EDT . - - MUNICH, Germany (AP) They looked suspicious to begin with and doubts grew when the 23 ``players'' of the ``Sri Lanka - handball national team'' disappeared from their lodging in southern Germany... Back to the top

“Make use of ‘LTTE’s flexibility’,” National Peace Council tells Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 16, 2004, 9.35 p.m.. The National Peace Council today called upon the Government to make use of the ‘LTTE’s flexibility’ and resume negotiations with the Tigers as soon as possible... Back to the top

LTTE softens stand on proposal for self-rule in Lanka
ptinews.com, Sept 16, 2004. Colombo, Sept 16 (PTI) In a move that could pave the way for resumption of stalled peace negotiations, Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels today softened their stand on the proposal for self-rule and said their plan was not "rigid and final... Back to the top

Lanka forms ministerial panel to study Indian ship canal project
hindustantimes.com, September 16. The Sri Lankan cabinet on Wednesday set up an inter-ministerial committee to study the impact of India's controversial project to dig a ship canal through the Palk Strait... Back to the top

JVP, Tigers stumbling blocks says Chandrika
gulf news, september 16. Colombo: President Chandrika Kumaratunga has accused her key coalition partner and the Tamil guerrillas as the main stumbling blocks towards achieving a political solution to the ethnic conflict... Back to the top

President to address UN General Assembly on 21st, scheduled to meet several world leaders to discuss country’s peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 15, 2004, 12.01 p.m.. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will address the 59th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 21... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition pledges support to govt peace
xinhuanet.com, 2004-09-16 21:13:22. COLOMBO, Sept. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition said Thursday that they would extend support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga's peace effort with the Tamil Tiger rebels. G... Back to the top

India will underwrite Lanka s integrity, says Indian Navy chief
hindustantimes.com, September 16, 2004, 07:45 EDT. India will underwrite Sri Lanka's territorial integrity, says the Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Arun Prakash... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to approach Unesco over misuse of Buddha:
newkerala.com, September 16, 2004, 06:30 EDT. World News] Colombo, Sep 16 : Angry over a US-based film advertisement that shows a man sitting on top of a Buddha statue, the Sri Lanka government plans to rope in Unesco Back to the top

Lankan bats under pressure
heraldsun.news.com.au, September 16, 2004, 06:30 EDT. World News] Colombo, Sep 16 : Angry over a US-based film advertisement that shows a man sitting on top of a Buddha statue, the Sri Lanka government plans to rope in Unesco Back to the top

EU-SPT-CRK--Champions Trophy
Associated Press, Thu September 16, 2004 05:38 EDT . ROBERT MILLWARD - AP Sports Writer - After that it's England vs... Back to the top

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